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On our recent trip into the depths of Extramadura we saw a bulky animal at least 3 feet long, crossing a track in front of us.

We first thought it was large lizard, as it was even closer to the ground than in the image near the bottom on the link below, but when it became aware of our presence, it stood up and took off into the longer grass, and we saw it was a mammal, about the size of a beaver.

On our return I was able to identify it as an Egyptian mongoose, Southern Spain being the only part of Europe where it is found. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_mongoose

Has anyone else on here spotted this creature? The main things I noticed were its coarse hair and tuft on the tail. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30317767301
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Not a wild haggis way off its turf is it?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_haggis
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We have lots of them here in extremadura, see them daily around here, they also like to steal my ducks and chickens. Sturdy animals with a rather nasty bite!

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We have lots of them here in extremadura, see them daily around here, they also like to steal my ducks and chickens. Sturdy animals with a rather nasty bite!
Yes. It did look as if it could take care of itself
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Yes. It did look as if it could take care of itself
The dogs were going nutty one evening and I knew the ducks were out in their pen. I went with a torch and there is was stood on its back legs looking at me like I was the trespasser. Mastín now sleeps up with the chickens goats and chickens. No more mongeese but we see them on the track etc all the time.

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The dogs were going nutty one evening and I knew the ducks were out in their pen. I went with a torch and there is was stood on its back legs looking at me like I was the trespasser. Mastín now sleeps up with the chickens goats and chickens. No more mongeese but we see them on the track etc all the time.
A similar thing happened to me in Sarawak when I disturbed a 4 or 5 foot monitor lizard climbing the fence round our chicken run.

I stopped about ten feet from him when he opened his large red mouth and hissed at me. I backed off, but he did leave.

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On our recent trip into the depths of Extramadura we saw a bulky animal at least 3 feet long, crossing a track in front of us.

We first thought it was large lizard, as it was even closer to the ground than in the image near the bottom on the link below, but when it became aware of our presence, it stood up and took off into the longer grass, and we saw it was a mammal, about the size of a beaver.

On our return I was able to identify it as an Egyptian mongoose, Southern Spain being the only part of Europe where it is found. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_mongoose

Has anyone else on here spotted this creature? The main things I noticed were its coarse hair and tuft on the tail. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30317767301
Have never seen one and didn't know they existed. Do they have them in Egypt too?

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Have never seen one and didn't know they existed. Do they have them in Egypt too?

Yes. Check the distribution map in the Wikipedia link.
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Megsmum I suppose at least you don't have snakes then There are lots of Mongoose in the Caribbean, was told they were introduced there but have got out of hand. Seen them scattering around and thought they were cute until I heard they can have rabies.

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It's commonly believed they arrived with the Moors, but there is evidence that they were first introduced by the Romans. They've found bones dating from the 1st Century AD.

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